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When Dimple Met Rishi

By: Sandhya Menon
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan,Vikas Adam
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Publisher's Summary

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she's ready for a break from her family - especially from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn't interested in doing that right now - otherwise she wouldn't have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic, so when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him - during which he'll have to woo her - he's totally onboard. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. Although their parents hadn't planned suggesting the arrangement so soon, when their kids signed up for the same summer program, they figured why not?

©2017 Sandhya Menon (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Editor's Pick

I fell in love with these characters
"When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon marries my two favorite genres: YA and romance. I was in a listening rut when I stumbled upon this book, and it was exactly what I needed to re-engage. Sneha Mathan and Vikas Adam are perfectly cast as Dimple and Rishi, and I fell in love with these characters as they fell in love with each other. Dimple’s unabashed ambition was refreshing (and sends a strong message to young girls with similar interests), while Rishi’s romanticism was simply endearing."—Katie O., Audible Editor

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Let's say it together...Awe!

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The fact that this book would have an HEA was never in dispute. It was just a matter of what the couple went through to get there. I loved how the"obstacles" were real and not just some miscommunication that pulled/kept them apart.

Dimple and Rishi get my vote as the cutest couple of the year. This is the first time in my history of reading fiction that I had hoped for an epilogue. Things were resolved quite satisfactorily but I would have loved a fast forward to what they were doing or their wedding or to how the parents felt about their matchmaking.

The narration Blew. Me. Away. The chapters were told in first person POV and I had to check often to confirm that this was a solo narration effort. It sounded like two people!!! Sneha Mathan just nailed it.

I loved this couple. I loved how they met. I loved how they made each other better. I got the feels.

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disappointing

The narrators were good though sometimes the man's voice for Dimple was weird and cringey. The story itself was a let down. I was expecting a story about a girl with a passion for coding who pursues this career and invests her time in the competition she so 'desperately' wants to win. Instead I got 400 pages of Dimple slut shaming other girls, criticizing the rich kids for breathing, hitting Rishi, manipulating Rishi, and Dimple being the exact definition of "not like other girls". I wanted to scream all the time and I would've stopped reading had I know how infuriating the ending would be.

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Loved this story!

I wanted try a different genre aside from my usual and I do not regret it. This was such a beautiful love story that was educational from a cultral standpoint. The chatacters were very relatable and I hung on to every word.

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Takes me to when I was 18

When I bought the book - I read loads of reviews claiming this book is cute, and there were lots of comments about the cultural side of things. I think those are the just backdrop items in the overall story. what I loved about this book was how it took me back to when I was 18, confused about life, unable to articulate my feelings, when heartbreaks felt raw and stung worse than I could imagine, about how I thought I understood the world and my place in it. What I truly enjoyed about this book was going back to that, and relating to that version of myself. And that is what I really enjoyed about this book, the way that it took me back to my thoughts and feelings when I was young and just leaving home for college. If you want to recapture that thought, then buy this book.

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Shockingly Obtuse

“If you have nothing nice to say...” Well, I have to say something, but since I’m wading out here in the minority opinion pool, I’ll keep it to a concise list :-)

The Good:
➸ The Indian rep was a gift
➸ Rishi’s brother
➸ The premise for the entire storyline

The Bad:
➸ For the summer before college, the characterizations across the board were really immature
➸ Where was the STEM fun I was promised?!
➸ Rishi... he’s a bit too clingy for my taste (I guess I don’t like cinnamon buns haha)

The Ugly:
➸ Dimple... her girl hate was palpable
➸ Actually, the sheer amount of general hate that dripped from the pages
➸ D+R’s relationship... Nope.Nope.Nope. Rishi deserves a kinder partner.


Audiobook Performance: I don’t think I get on well with “his and her voices” audiobooks at this point. I always end up preferring one over the other.

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easy listen

This book was overall enjoyable, but the plot only focused on Dimple and Rishi's relationship for the entire book. This made it extremely difficult to follow anything that was going on in other characters' lives. I personally did not care for Dimple as a character because she just does not get that Rishi is traditional. I really thought it was stupid that she breaks up with him (knowing that she might eventually have to marry him) because she wasn't looking for a relationship while at this competition. I also didn't like that Celia felt guilty for sleeping with Rishi's brother and needed to tell Dimple. This was too random and did not do anything for the plot. Overall, it was worth a read, but not worth rereading.

The audio was great, but if I listened to it at regular speed it seemed like they were talking too slow.

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I Fell in Love with These Characters

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon marries my two favorite genres: YA and romance. Dimple Shah is strong-willed, ambitious, and at 18 years old, not looking for her IIH (Ideal Indian Husband). Her parents, however, have other plans. When they readily agree to her attending a summer program for aspiring web developers, she thinks it’s because they finally understand her goals. But unbeknownst to her, it’s because they’ve been arranging for her to marry Rishi Patel—who also happens to be attending the same program. I was in a listening rut when I stumbled upon this book, and it was exactly what I needed to re-engage. Sneha Mathan and Vikas Adam are perfectly cast as Dimple and Rishi (I’ve already downloaded my next listens from each of them), and I fell in love with these characters as they fell in love with each other. Dimple’s unabashed ambition was refreshing (and sends a strong message to young girls with similar interests), while Rishi’s romanticism was simply endearing.

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Sweet and fun

This was a delightful story- romantic and kind. Both narrators were wonderful. All characters were 3 dimensional and both families were loving and supportive. Dimple is a modern young woman, who knows what she wants to do with her life. Her struggle to follow her dream is nuanced and realistic. Rishi is equally nuanced and realistic, but he (like Dimple) discovers the path you always saw before you may just lead somewhere different... or, perhaps, may be wider than you first perceived it to be. A fun read/listen.

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Adorable! Excellent readers!

This book was absolutely adorable. I read it straight through and didn’t regret a second. The audiobook, in particular, is excellent, with two fantastic narrators in Sneha Mathan and Vikas Adam. I would definitely recommend this to others.

The premise: Dimple’s parents allow her to go to a 6 week summer coding class the summer before college only because they want her to meet Rishi, her potential future husband. Needless to say, Dimple’s not very interested in marriage or looking pretty, when she could be coding.

There are a few things about this delightful book that I felt could have been even better (the pacing, particularly in the last half), which would have made me love it at 5 star power. Those of you who know I typically rate high might realize that a 4 can be a bit of a flat rating for me, but this is not a flat book.

For a book set in such a fascinating world (in my mind) as Insomnia Con, I would have loved to see some actual world building there. Basically there was almost none, outside of the basics of getting started. We didn’t even get to see the depths that participants went to in order to complete their apps (including Dimple and Rishi who spent more time dancing than coding), and there were tons of other students in the program who we never really got to meet or understand.

Some of the main side characters didn’t really seem like the types to attend such a long, intensive summer camp. They were more interested in their wealth and popularity than actual coding, so I’m slightly disappointed in the fact that Insomnia Con could have been the most exciting and fascinating world of intellect, diversity, and nerdery ever and… it just wasn’t. Instead, it was more of a romantic plot tool, and the majority of scenes weren’t even really about the summer camp or the project, both of which were more interesting to me than the characters going out for dinner over and over again.

So it lost a star for world building failures, and it should probably lose a second star, in all honesty for the last 1/3 of the book, which had major pacing issues and a few moments that made me reconsider if I actually knew and liked Dimple. I know they were there again for “plot” tools, but I hate seeing a character bring out a particularly bad, unflattering behavior/quality at the end of the book and then not really address or atone for it.

However, I did think this was a fun, fast, lighthearted read that made me smile. A lot. So it still gets 4 stars, even though I just overthought it so much I almost reduced a star. There’s still a lot of good here. There’s still a lot to enjoy in the different ways both Dimple and Rishi consider and react with their cultures, both as Indian-American and as Indian. I enjoyed the culture of this book in general and thought that was a real strong point. It showed the different ways people feel and react, when they’re born into one culture/place but raised mostly inside another.

Yes, that helped. Now I do feel it definitely deserves those 4 stars. Just realize that you have to enjoy it for the overall journey, rather than the plot and world building, which both are lacking, particularly as the story progress. I still think the interesting main characters will see you through to the end, so give it a go.

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Worst book of 2017

This book was one of the worst I've ever read. The only thing it had going for it was the Indian rep. The whole plot, of being at Insomnia-con, was lost. They barely discussed it, let alone ever discussed them working on their project for it. The author could have just put them in college or even in the same town, the con had little to no impact on the story. I hated both Dimple and Rishi, as they were mean and immature teenagers. Their language and ideas were especially juvenile for 18 year olds headed to Stanford and MIT in two months. The side characters of Dimple's roommate and Rishi's brother both had more interesting stories than the main characters. The humor made me actually cringe. The author doesn't realize that girls can react in situations in ways other than biting their lips, something that was said at least six times throughout the book. The ending was cliche which was expected and fine, but overall the book was awful. Mean characters, had no main plot, and really no redeeming aspects other than the cliche ending, which is nothing the author came up with on her own.

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  • Emer
  • 02-10-18

Didn't Finish It

I couldn't finish this book, it just couldn't grab my attention at all. I can't really comment on it as I only got about 2 hours in but would not recommend it.

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  • sarah marrie
  • 09-07-20

Re-readable

I liked this book. It’s a fun read!! Both narrators are great performing Dimple and Richi. I’ve reread this book a fee times since reading fir the 1st time

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  • Crumble
  • 02-24-18

I loved it!

I loved this story - and the narrators were great too, they were perfect for the story!

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  • Yalini
  • 08-04-22

Cute story

Fun to listen to, with a couple of nice twists and entertaining events. Very relatable as a child of indian migrants. Overall it was uplifting and enjoyable

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  • Lucy G.
  • 03-06-19

Cute Young Adult

Bought this book coz it was recommended to me not realising it was YA but I still had a good time. I think most kids are a bit more grown up by this age though - it's how innocent your parents thought you were not realising what you were really getting up to.
To clarify: brownies at a party would DEFINITELY contain pot and kids these days do not have such embarrassing email addresses.